Philip Seymour Hoffman was known for films such as Scent of a Woman, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski and Capote, for which he won an Academy Award. He was also successful in theater, winning three Tony Award nominations for True West, Long Day's Journey into Night and Death of a Salesman.
On February 2, 2014, he was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment in Bethune Street, West Village, Manhattan by a friend – playwright and screenwriter David Bar Katz. Hoffman was 46 years old. Detectives searching the apartment found heroin and prescription medications at the scene, and revealed that he was discovered with a syringe in his arm. A funeral was held at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Manhattan on February 7, 2014, and was attended by many of his former co-stars. The death was officially ruled an accident caused by "acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine". It was not determined whether Hoffman had taken all of the substances on the same day, or whether any of the substances had remained in his system from earlier use.
Hoffman's unexpected death was widely lamented by fans and the film industry, and was described by several commentators as a considerable loss to the profession. On February 5, 2014, the LAByrinth Theatre Company honored his memory by holding a candlelight vigil, and Broadway dimmed its lights for one minute. In another tribute, actress Cate Blanchett dedicated her BAFTA trophy to Hoffman when she received the award for Blue Jasmine on February 16. Read more about his life on the following link.
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